The anti-English* sentiment in Hollywood shows no sign of abating. With depictions of cowardice on the Titanic that, curiously, only involved the English and distortions of history in the script of Braveheart that should have won a special award for ingenuity, it was, perhaps, not as shocking as it might have been when the cyber attack on Sony prompted an American observer to comment that Sony had ‘done Neville Chamberlain proud’.
Huh?! What possible justification could there be for such a vicious side-swipe? They really can’t wait, can they?
I was born just as WW2 began and spent many nights huddled below stairs or in an Anderson dug-out in the garden as the Luftwaffe attacked a nearby armaments factory. Coventry was largely destroyed and many cities over here, including London (and Buckingham Palace), were badly damaged.
The Chamberlain I remember had the courage single-handedly to declare war on the most efficient fighting machine the world had ever seen even though he knew Britain was lamentably ill-prepared. Germany had been preparing for war for years, having trained pilots at gliding schools in defiance of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles. These pilots gained combat experience in the Spanish Civil War where the early Messerschmidt 109’s were also battle-tested.
By contrast, RAF pilots, some of whom were as young as 19 years of age, had around 5 hours experience each at the controls of early Spitfires before being sent to war!
Perhaps the observer could explain why we had to wait so long for American involvement if he feels so strongly about Chamberlain’s initial response to Hitler’s militarism. We should all bear in mind that Chamberlain wasn’t the only leader inclined to trust Hitler in those days. Members of our Royal Family were received as his guests. Vulgar upstart he may have been but he was very, very clever and knew exactly how to manipulate people.
Two world wars bled this little country dry and the cream of two generations of British manhood was wiped out. We still feel the ramifications of it all to this day.
* I refer to the ‘English’ (rather than to the British) since that is where most prejudice is directed.